Congratulations to our Goldwater Recipient and Honorable Mentions!

The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships would like to congratulate Ian Francis for receiving the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and Patrick McKenzie, Louis Varriano, and Kimberly Bress for receiving honorable mentions!

UT nominated four students for the Goldwater this year, and all four were nationally recognized.  Ian Francis is a junior in the Haslam Scholars Program studying mathematics at UT and intends to use his award to further his undergraduate studies. The other three nominees received honorable mentions. They are:

  • Patrick McKenzie, of Ward, Arkansas, a Haslam Scholar junior in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Louis Varriano, of Memphis, Tennessee, a Haslam Scholar junior in physics
  • Kimberly Bress, of Melbourne Beach, Florida, a Haslam Scholar sophomore in neuroscience


If you’re interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship, please e-mail Andrew Seidler ( to set up an appointment about the application process!